Relief operations sa mga naapektuhan ng Bagyong Glenda sa Quezon, sinimulan na

admin   •   July 18, 2014   •   2708

Nagsagawa na ng mga clearing operation ang mga otoridad sa mga daanan sa Quezon matapos ang bagyong Glenda (UNTV News)

LUCENA CITY, Philippines — Unti-unti nang bumubuti ang lagay ng panahon sa probinsya ng Quezon na isa sa mga malubhang naapektuhan ng paghagupit ng Bagyong Glenda.

Batay sa inisyal na pagtaya ng Department of Agriculture, umaabot na sa ₱150 million ang pinsalang idinulot ng Bagyong Glenda sa agrikultura sa buong probinsya.

Sinabi ng DA na 50% sa napinsala sa sektor ng agrikultura ay ang taniman ng palay, habang napinsala rin ang 50% ng taniman ng mais, niyog at tubuhan.

Sa isinagawang inspeksyon ng pamahalaang panlalawigan, umaabot na sa 242 baranggay at 24,750 pamilya ang naapektuhan ng Bagyong Glenda.

Nasa 13,792 ang nasirang bahay at iba pang establisiyemento.

Umabot rin sa 17 ang naitalang nasawi , 76 ang sugatan at 4 ang kasalukuyang nawawala.

Sa ngayon ay halos 90 porsiyento ng lalawigan ang walang communication signal kaya’t gumamit ang pamahalaang panlalawigan ng mga bikers sa bawat munisipalidad para ma-assess ang lawak ng pinsala ng bagyo.

Samantala, tuloy tuloy na rin ang pagsasagawa ng relief operations sa mga bayan ng Gumaca at Unisan at sa iba pang remote areas.

Sa ngayon ay umaabot na sa 23-libong indibidwal ang nabigyan na ng relief goods.

Naglaan na rin ang pamahalaang panlalawigan ng P29-milyon na calamity fund upang makabawi ang probinsya sa nagdaang kalamidad. (Japhet Cablaida / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

DA to review Rice Tariffication law as Phl ranks as world’s biggest rice importer

Maris Federez   •   November 12, 2019

Filipino port workers unload sacks of rice, which are imported from Vietnam to be distributed by the National Food Authority (NFA), inside a ship docked at Surigao port, Mindanao, southern Philippines, 15 April 2008. EPA-EFE/ALANNAH TORRALBA (FILE)

MANILA, Philippines – A United States agency report reveals that the Philippines has become the world’s biggest importer of rice, just months after the rice tariffication bill was enacted.

The US Department of Agriculture – Foreign Agricultural Service report also projected that the Philippines will have imported a total of 3-million metric tons of rice before the year ends.

This is 58% higher compared to the 1.9-million metric tons of rice that the country imported in 2018.

The Philippine reportedly outranked China – the biggest rice importer– which is expected to import 2.5 metric tons of rice.

The Department of Agriculture record, however, said that this early, the Philippines has already imported 2.99 million metric tons from January to October.

DA spokesperson Noel Reyes added that 1.8 million metric tons of the total amount of rice that the country has imported were placed after the enactment of the rice tariffication bill in March.

“We cannot restrict. Kasi kung ire-restrict mo ‘yan, we are going against the law, unless the law says, we can only import so much,” Reyes said.

The DA admitted that there may have been an over-importation of rice in the country.

Because of this, DA Secretary William Dar and Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food Chairperson Cynthia Villar are planning to review the said law.

“That’s the feeling of the department because of the complaints of farmers and farmers groups,” Reyes said.

“That’s the wish of the secretary and Senator Villar after a year, they have to review the RTL (Rice Tariffication Law) and probably put in some more provisions so as not to over-exceed our rice requirements,” he added.

Several farmer groups share the same sentiment.

The Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) said the government must raise the rice importation tariff and focus on increasing the presence of local rice in the market.

“Kapag dumating na ‘yung panahon na naubos na ‘yung sobra, pwede naman nilang tanggalin ‘yung additional tariff na ‘yun para magpasok ulit ng imported. Ganun sana ang laro nila,” said Raul Montemayor, FFF National Manager.

“Parang gusto nating mamatay ‘yung magsasaka, na wala tayong nilagay na control sa import, pasok lang ng pasok ‘yung importation, pabagsak ng pabagsak ang palay, at parang napakahina ‘yung response ng gobyerno,” he added.

The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), on the other hand, believes that the Rice Tariffication Law must be scrapped.

The group said the latest record of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) shows that the farm gate price of palay (grains) is now at P15 per kilo.

The KMP, however, said there are still several areas in the country where farmers sell their produce at P10 per kilo.

“Hindi na rin po namimili ang National Food Authority kasi po sa ilalim po ng Rice Tarrification and Liberalization Law, hindi na po sila mamimili ng palay sa magsasaka kaya po lalo pong binabarat ng mga malalaking traders at cartels,” said KMP chairperson Danilo Ramos.

In a statement, Bantay Bigas group spokesperson Cathy Estavillo said that they have been giving warning that the rice tariffication law will gravely affect the local farmers.

 “As we have decried repeatedly, RA 11203 will turn Filipinos into beggars of imported rice.  We all have witnessed this law causing bankruptcy to rice farmers, and this will lead to displacement and ultimately declined productivity,” Estavillo said.

To date, the price of a regular milled local rice is somewhere between P35 and P38 per kilo in several marketplaces in Quezon City.

The DA, on the other hand, is confident that the price of rice will continue to go down to P30 per kilo.

The agency also sees a downward trend in rice importation by next year as the local production improves. (from the report of Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

DPWH opens 6-kilometer by-pass road in Lopez, Quezon

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2019

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar formally opened to vehicular traffic on Friday, November 8, 2019 the 6.053 kilometers Lopez Bypass Road Project that will ease the bottleneck along busy Manila South Road-Daang Maharlika Highway. (DPWH Facebook Page)

MANILA, Philippines – The six-kilometer Lopez Bypass road project in Quezon province is now open to vehicular traffic, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Friday.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar led the opening of the road with a ceremonial drive through with this team.

He said the opening of the new bypass road in the fourth congressional district of Quezon will ease the congestion of vehicles along the busy Manila South Road-Daang Maharlika Highway.

It is also expected to make the travel quicker and safer for people coming from the southern part of Quezon province towards the Bicol region.

The construction of the P718 million road project began in 2015. It traverses the barangays of Del Pilar, San Lorenzo, a portion of Peñafrancia, Danlagan, Bacungan, and Canda Ilaya.

Villar believes the project’s completion will fast-track delivery of government and private-led services, as well as gear improvement on residents’ living standards.

“Improving access in major roadways is a key factor in the economic growth of our country,” he said in a statement.

To provide maximum road service, the DPWH said it is undertaking construction works to widen to six the current four lanes in the 2.13-kilometer segment of the bypass road.

At least P4-B needed for relief ops, rehab works in Mindanao quake-hit areas – NDRRMC

Robie de Guzman   •   November 7, 2019

Soldiers and rescue workers inspect a damaged hotel in the aftermath of a 6.5 magnitude earthquake, in Kidapawan city, Cotabato province, Philippines, 31 October 2019. EPA-EFE / CERILO EBRANO

MANILA, Philippines – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Thursday said it needs at least P4-billion for the initial rehabilitation and reconstruction works in areas heavily-hit by recent earthquakes in Mindanao.

NDRRMC executive director Ricardo Jalad said they have already presented a recommendation to the President during a Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on Wednesday night.

The recommendation includes the sustainment of relief operations and fund requirements for reconstruction and rehabilitation works in quake-stricken municipalities.

Part of the fund will also be used to help local government units whose calamity funds have already been used up.

“Kasama na ‘yung mga initially identified reconstruction projects by DPWH. Not all of the amount of P4 billion is needed immediately,” Jalad told reporters in a briefing.

The NDRRMC chief, however, clarified that the said amount is still tentative as the exact amount for the necessary works will still be determined in the agency’s post-disaster assessment.

Jalad added that relief operations in evacuation centers by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are still ongoing.

Other government agencies, including the Philippine Navy, also sent additional assets such as mobile kitchens, water treatment, and cargo trucks, to help in relief efforts.

Jalad also said they are now coordinating with concerned agencies regarding proposals on housing projects and relocation for families who lost their homes due to recent earthquakes.

Residents from identified danger zones as recommended by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau will be given priority in these projects, he added.   

“‘Yung project proposals sinisimulan pa lang… We should see the implementation of the project the soonest,” Jalad said.

Three strong earthquakes jolted parts of Mindanao last month. A magnitude 6.3 quake struck on Oct. 16, magnitude 6.6 on Oct. 29 and magnitude 6.5 on Oct. 31.

The epicenters of these tremors were traced in Tulunan town in Cotabato.

The NDRRMC said the number of fatalities from these powerful temblors has climbed to 28 while more than 400 people were injured. The quakes affected thousands of families and destroyed many structures. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

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